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Commonly Overlooked Pregnancy Symptoms

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Commonly Overlooked Pregnancy Symptoms

Lesser Known Early Pregnancy Symptoms

While we may be familiar with morning sickness and a missed period as tell-tale signs of pregnancy, there are plenty of lesser known early pregnancy symptoms too. The health experts at McDonough District Hospital are here to share some pregnancy symptoms that can often be dismissed.

Feeling Hot

While everyone can feel a little overheated every now and then, if you’re feeling like you’ve been running a little warmer for two weeks or more, it may mean that you’re pregnant. In the early stages of development, your body is going through continuous change and constantly using energy, which can cause your basal body temperature to rise.

Spotting/Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding happens when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. Because it can be accompanied by discomfort or cramping similar to that of a normal menstrual cycle, it can be commonly mistaken for normal spotting between or just before a period.


When you become pregnant, it causes a significant increase in your body's blood volume to help support the growth and development of a baby. This then causes your body's blood vessels to widen to increase circulation throughout your body, including the delicate ones located in your nose. This can cause you to have a sudden influx of nosebleeds.

While these symptoms can be a sign of pregnancy, they can also be brought on by other health conditions. If you think you may be pregnant but you're unsure, reach out to your women’s health care team to schedule a visit.

Women’s Health Services in Macomb, Illinois

At the McDonough District Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, you can expect compassionate and exceptional care no matter your female reproductive health condition or concern. Our board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists provide women’s health services for women of all ages, from your first period to menopause and beyond.

To learn more about our women’s health services, visit our website or give us a call at (309) 833-4101.